Uneven integration for perception and action cues in children's working memory

Nardini, Marko; Braddick, Oliver; Atkinson, Janette; Cowie, Dorothy; Ahmed, Taski and Reidy, Hannah. 2008. Uneven integration for perception and action cues in children's working memory. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 25(7), pp. 968-984. ISSN 0264-3294 [Article]

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We examined the development of visual cue integration in a desktop working-memory task using boxes with different visual action cues (opening actions) and perceptual surface cues (colours, monochromatic textures, or images of faces). Children had to recall which box held a hidden toy, based on (a) the action cue, (b) the surface cue, or (c) a conjunction of the two. Results from three experiments show a set of asymmetries in children's integration of action and surface cues. The 18-24-month-olds disregarded colour in conjunction judgements with action; 30-36-month-olds used colour but disregarded texture. Images of faces were not disregarded at either age. We suggest that 18-24-month-olds' disregard of colour, seen previously in reorientation tasks (Hermer & Spelke, 1994), may represent a general phenomenon, likened to uneven integration between the dorsal and ventral streams in early development.

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Psychology > InfantLab



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03 Mar 2011 15:25

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06 Jun 2016 17:22

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